About Universal Records
- Universal Records
- Quezon City, Philippines
- Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!
May 30, 2009
"Play Music is a really good album, - varied, consistent and full of surprises... This is one that lasts." Eardrums
"Thieves Like Us finally look set to blow up in a manner deserving of a band who are making some of the most exciting and charrged electronic music around. With so many bands promising so much but
repeatedly failing to deliver, here is a band that has truly paid its dues and is actually worth getting excited about..." Pimp Magazine
THIEVES LIKE US' debut album "Play Music" will be released locally this June by Universal Records!
Check out these links:
Official website: http://www.thieves-like-us
What is Chickenfoot? Chickenfoot are: Sammy Hagar (vocalist, Van Halen), Chad Smith (drummer, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Joe Satriani ("guitar god"), Michael Anthony (bassist, Van Halen).
Watch out for this super group's self-titled album this June, to be released by Universal Records.
May 27, 2009
Billboard’s Michael Menachem wrote in his review (4/4/09) of the infectious club anthem, “The clever meshing of reggaeton with Euro dance music signals what looks like a multiformat smash. At the core is an acoustic guitar and a sizzling rhythm, with hot horns in the form of a sample that just keeps on giving: Chicago's ‘Street Player,’ which appeared in the '90s techno hit ‘The Bomb’ by the Bucketheads.” Italy’s Nicola Fasano vs. Pat-Rich took the sample creating “75, Brazil Street” and then mashed it with Pitbull’s vocals, resulting in the song which sold over 128,000 units this week and 652,000 singles sold overall to date.
Check out the sultry video, which is now in rotation on MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams and FUSE, as posted on Ultra Records Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/UltraRecords
Growing up with the works of Cuban poet Jose Marti, Pitbull—also known by his fans as Mr. 305--blends his early lyrical influences with a Miami bass sound. Able to harness the power of spoken word, Pitbull made his debut on the 2002 Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz album "King of Crunk," and hasn’t stopped since. After appearing on The Fast and the Furious soundtrack in 2004, he released his debut album "M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is a Major Issue)" featuring the hit single “Culo” featuring Lil Jon. Pitbull was soon unstoppable, dropping two more albums in two years: "El Mariel" in 2006 and "The Boatlift" in 2007. He has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in the game including Lil Jon, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Ponce, Rick Ross, Don Omar, Bun B, and Ying Yang Twins.
May 26, 2009
KASKADE... Live in Manila!
"Best Resident DJ" - 2008 Club World Awards
"America's Best DJ" - DJ Times magazine
#1 Billboard Hot Dance charts - Sep 2008
"The Best & Up and Coming Artist of 2003" - URB magazine
Catch America's Best DJ as he takes on Manila for a night of world-class house and electronic music only KASKADE can give!
With the release of his newest CD, "Strobelite Seduction," featuring top house favorites such as "Move For Me" (#1 on Billboard's Dance charts on its Sept 2008 issue) and "Angel On My Shoulder" (#5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart), KASKADE promises to make each partygoer relish this rare performance on Asian shores, as he plays other popular dance hits such as "Sweet Love," "4AM," "It's You, It's Me," "I Like The Way," and more!
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW @ ALL SM TICKETNET OUTLETS -- http://www.ticketnet.com.ph/ or call 911-5555.
P525 (pre-selling til Jun 11)
P800 (regular, on-site Jun 12)
More info soon on VIP tables! Plus amazing fireworks during the party!
JUNIOR BOYS' "Begone Dull Care" album will be released locally this June by Universal Records!
Check out these links:
Official website : http://www.juniorboys.net/
May 25, 2009
SAMMY HAGAR- Montrose founder, solo artist and singer in Van Halen who enjoyed more Top 10 albums and singles than original singer David Lee Roth. JOE SATRIANI- one of the biggest guitar heroes of all time. MICHAEL ANTHONY - founding member of Van Halen, bass player and backing vocalist (of unique high pitch style). He played on all the Van Halen studio albums so far. CHAD SMITH - a real thunder on the drums and a member of one of the biggest Rock groups of the last 20 years with loyal dedicated fans - Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
“Chickenfoot” is a big American Rock album with a rich and powerful sound that was not to be found since at least 10 years. The definitive Hard Rock masterpieces from four musicians who could generate a huge amount of interest even if they were to release a new Rock album as solo artists. Together... they are simply the best Rock band of the year.
CHICKENFOOT's self-titled album will be released locally this June by Universal Records!
Check out these links :
Official website: http://www.chickenfoot.us/
CATS ON FIRE's debut album "The Province Complains" and latest album "Our Temperance Movement" will be released locally by Universal Records!
Check out these links :
Official website: http://www.netikka.net/cat
Already famous as one of the world’s most beautiful women, the Victoria’s Secret model and GQ cover girl Alina Puscau is now set for pop stardom with the release of her debut album "Everybody Wants Me". Two months before its release, Alina’s debut single "When You Leave (Numa Numa)" had already notched up more than four million views on YouTube, made the Billboard dance chart Top 10 and been lauded by P.Diddy and Kanye West. Last year, Alina was invited to Mariah Carey’s house and was shocked to discover her idol knew the song. Thanks to a steamy video shot by A-list Hollywood director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X Men and happens also to be Alina’s boyfriend) and choreographed by Fatima Robinson, who has previously worked with The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie and Rihanna. Alina’s celebrity fans and startling start to her pop career mean she is more in demand than ever – she was recently announced as the face of Playboy.com.
Alina's debut album "Everbody Wants Me" will be released locally by Universal Records.
Check out these links :
1.Annie Batungbakal - Hotdog
2.Sumayaw Sumunod - The Boyfriends
3.Pumapatak Ang Ulan - APO Hiking Society
4.Handog - Florante
5.Langit na Naman - Hotdog
6.Pagtumatagal Lalong Tumitibay - Wadab
7.Ang Aking Awitin - Bong Gabriel
8.Umagang Kay Ganda - Tillie Moreno & Ray-An Fuentes
9.Mamang Sorbetero - Celeste Legaspi
10.Totoo Ba Ang Tsismis - Charing
11.Blue Jeans - APO Hiking Society
12.Bongga Ka Day - Hotdog
13.Ang Jeepney - Wadab
14.Dance With Me - The Boyfriends
15.A Love To Last A Lifetime - Jose Mari Chan
16.20 Minutes Before Take Off - Dan Henry
17.When I Met You - APO Hiking Society
18.You Made Me Live Again - Janet Basco
19.The Beginning - Tillie Moreno & Ray-An Fuentes
20.Points Of View - Joey Albert & Pops Fernandez
21.Just Say You Love Me - Pops Fernandez
1.Behhh, Buti Nga - Hotdog
2.Mahirap Magmahal Ng Syota Ng Iba - APO Hiking Society
3.Love At Thirty Thousand Feet - Jose Mari Chan
4.Movie Fan - Celeste Legaspi
5.Champoy - Subas Herrero & Noel Trinidad
6.Badaf Forever - Charing
7.Ako'y Pinoy - Florante
8.Lumba Lumba - Paul Toledo
9.Dahil Mahal Kita - The Boyfriends
10.Ewan - APO Hiking Society
11.Refrain - Jose Mari Chan
12.No One Throws Away Memories - Richard Tan
13.Nothing I Want More - Tillie Moreno
14.Nais Kong Malaman Mo - The Boyfriends
15.Parang Ulap - Wadab
16.Gulong ng Palad - Eugene Villaluz
17.Jackpot Ka Sa Puso Ko - Arnold Gamboa
18.Meowww - Hotdog
19.Big Beautiful Country - Jose Mari Chan
20.Kahit La La La Ay Puwede Na - Subas Herrero & Noel Trinidad
21.Wala Na Bang Lalaki (Can't Stop The Music) - Charing
May 21, 2009
May 16, 2009
Roll up your sleeves, and listen to their music. This is "Quiet Little Voices" from Glaswegian quartet WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS.
We Were Promised Jetpacks are:
Adam Thompson (vocals, guitar), Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass), and Darren Lackie (drums).
Single is taken from their debut album "These Four Walls".
Album will be released in the Philippines on June 14th by Universal Records, under license from Fat Cat Records UK.
May 14, 2009
Check out these links :
Official website: http://www.whitestboyalive.com/
THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE's new album "Rules" will be released locally on May 23rd by Universal Records!
“indie-pop pickery with brazen aplomb” – The List
"an impeccable grab bag of influences and a miraculously accessible romantic sensibility." – The Skinny
"seething with a newfound intent, their crisp, flighty choruses and sure-footed narratives are bolder and more purposeful than ever before." – Drowned in Sound
Check out these links:
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Were-Promised-Jetpacks/65737311704
Twitter : http://twitter.com/wwpj
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS' debut album "These Four Walls" will be released locally on June 14th by Universal Records!
May 11, 2009
May 8, 2009
In 2001, Billymania started in Europe when his smash hit "Trackin" went straight to the top of the French charts and was certified platinum (more than 500,000 copies sold). The track also made #1 in Holland, #2 in Belgium, #3 in Switzerland, #20 in Germany. His second album "Ride" was certified gold in France (100,000 copies) within just a few weeks and shipped gold in Switzerland. The album went on to achieve platinum status in the French market (300,000) and a total of 450,000 copies have been sold to date. Billy Crawford has already received a nomination at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards for “Best Newcomer of the Year” and in 2003, he was awarded as “International Male Artist of the Year” beating competition from Will Smith, Eminem and Robbie Williams. In 2004, Billy released his 3rd album “Big City” and toured the Philippines to promote the album release. The first single “Bright Lights” was an immediate success and the album was certified Gold. He released another album in 2007 entitled “It’s Time” and hosted a dance reality show “M.O.V.E.” The winning dancers became part of his back-up dancers in his major concert at the Araneta Coliseum. In 2008, Billy transferred to ABS-CBN and became the host of Pinoy Dream Academy and is now seen regularly on ASAP.
Billy Crawford has just released his brand new album entitled “Groove”. The new CD is a re-working of classic hits from the 70’s to the 80’s. The handsomely-packaged CD includes 3 bonus tracks!
-Steal Away (originally popularized by Robbie Dupree)
-Sexy Eyes (originally popularized by Dr. Hook)
-Rock With You (originally popularized by Michael Jackson)
-Let’s Groove (originally popularized by Earth, Wind & Fire)
-Could It Be I’m Fallin’ In Love (originally popularized by The Spinners
-Lovely Day (originally popularized by Bill Withers)
-You’ve Got a Friend feat. Nikki Gil (originally popularized by James Taylor
-How Sweet It Is (originally popularized by James Taylor)
-Never Let Her Slip Away (originally popularized by Andrew Gold)
-Human Nature (originally popularized by Michael Jackson)
-One Last Cry (originally popularized by Brian McKnight)
-Someone (originally popularized by El Debarge)
-Mercy, Mercy Me (originally popularized by Marvin Gaye)
-Human Nature (Acoustic Version)
-You’ve Got a Friend feat. Nikki Gil (Acoustic Version)
-Steal Away (Silverfilter Remix)
May 3, 2009
Sampling elements from The Cure's Close To Me, this is the catchy single from British rap-pop sensation Lady Sovereign entitled "So Human", off her album "Jigsaw".
Lady Sovereign "Jigsaw" album marketed and distributed in the Philippines by Universal Records, under license from Midget Records.
Fans of Broadcast, Electrelane, Ladytron, Au Revoir Simone, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, hope you're reading this. Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells, founded by ex-Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis and vocalist twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza of On!Air!Library!, are currently causing a bit of a frenzy amongst the indie media, and it's easy to see why. Their intoxicating blend of droning soundscapes, ethereal vocals, afro-pop and electro house influences has captured imaginations, hearts and a growing legion of fans. In their debut album "Alpinisms", they have uncovered a rich nexus between humming shoegaze guitar, floaty and ethereal 4AD pop, and the wistful exuberance of ’90s Manchester. The album includes contribution from Blonde Redhead's Simone Pace and includes the singles "My Cabal", "Iamundernodisguise", "Face To Face On High Places", "Half Asleep" and more.
THE MORNING PAPER - What We Wish
The Morning Paper is primarily the solo project of David Kyhlberg and features a rotating cast of characters including Ida Bergstrom (of the Bridal Shop) and Karl Daniel Tornqvist. The Morning Paper’s new album "What We Want" reveals a band whose sound, heavily embroidered with epic synth washes and shy, reverb-kissed vocals, nodded to like minded Scandinavians such as Celestial and The Radio Dept. Recommended if you like New Order, Cocteau Twins, Sigur Ros, Slowdive, Prefab Sprout, Saint Etienne, My Bloody Valentine, Brighter, The Radio Department, Nathan Fake, M83, Trembling Blue Stars, Blueboy, Brian Eno, Junior Boys, Manual. Includes one Philippines-only bonus track!
May 2, 2009
The band took three long years to construct and record "Long Time Noisy" as the band balanced their grueling gig schedules and their serious desire to release the best album they can possibly come up with. And they did exactly that with their new album. The album was recorded at Tower of Doom studios with producer Eric Perlas (whose credits include The Out of Body Special Love Is…, Queso and Chicosci’s last albums) and includes collaborations with keyboardist Leo Saño of Corporate Lo-Fi, turntablist Biboy Garcia of Sinag and Queso, Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88, Ian Tayao of Queso, Reg Rubio of Greyhoundz and Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar.
Born on May 16, 1982 with Filipino and American decent, Billy Crawford is the epitome of what real entertainment should be all about. He is a dancer, singer, performer, recording artist, songwriter, and an actor – pretty much all the elements needed to bring the house down. At 26, Billy has proven to Filipinos that dreams do come true if pursued with passion and determination. Some of his phenomenal big hits, locally and internationally, include "Trackin'" (2001), "When You Think About Me" (2002), and "Bright Lights" (2004). About a year ago, he flew back to his motherland to continue his career as an artist. He signed up with the Kapamilya network and was visible in shows like ASAP and Pinoy Dream Academy with Toni Gonzaga and real-life girlfriend, Nikki Gil.
Now, he’s the newest MYX Celebrity VJ for the month of May! On May 4 – 8, welcome him as he brings you R&B and Rap music videos in URBAN MYX, followed by a special MYXILOG on May 10 until May 16 – which is also the date when he’ll turn 27. He’ll give you mellow and easy-listening music videos in MELLOW MYX on May 17–23. Lastly, the audience will get to interact and request their favorite music videos through VJ Billy in MY MYX on May 24–30.
So don’t miss out on the newest MYX Celebrity VJ for the month of May, Billy Crawford only in the number one music channel in the Philippines that offers your choice and your music, MYX!
Watch out as Billy releases her newest album this May entitled “Groove” under Universal Records. The music video of his first single titled “Steal Away” – a funky-contemporary rendition of the '80s Robbie Dupree hit – will be launched on MYX PREMIERE soon!
Album out now! Support OPM music, buy only original CD!